|The Storm and The Rainbow||
A Reformasi Diary by Sabri Zain
teenager from politically-explicit on-line material
August 6th, 1999
The Internet is a valuable educational tool, but for parents of young teenagers, it can also be a nightmare - especially in these times of political crisis. The touching picture of our Prime Minister breaking down and weeping at the thought of our youngsters demonstrating on the streets for a couple of days and failing to get their first-class honours in Astro-Physics as a result only highlights the need for our children to be controlled in exactly the same way we are.
Teenagers are particularly at risk of being manipulated on the Net and used by foreigners out to recolonise us because they often use the computer unsupervised and have not been exposed to the many years of valuable brainwashing by TV3, Utusan Malaysia and the New Straits Times that have given us adults that blind, sheep-like loyalty we have for our national leaders. Did you know that there are web sites and newsgroups on the Internet that actually say that it quite alright to criticise the government and that it is all part of the democratic process? Yes, shocking isn't it? And it is quite possible for our children to accidentally stumble across this type of offensive material when doing a search to find information on the Internet on useful things such as the lyrics to the ‘Setia’ song.
Our innocent youngsters certainly face many dangers and risks on their travels in Cyberspace. These include:
Exposure to Inappropriate Material: One risk is that a child may be exposed to politically inappropriate material that may actually make them think for themselves, question the intelligence of politicians, have an acute sense of justice, understand the concept of democracy and value freedom and human rights.
Physical Violence: Another risk is that, while on-line, a child might provide information or express opinions that could risk his or her safety or the safety of other family members. An innocent posting on a Reformasi discussion list may, for example, result in an unexpected visit from the Special Branch for “questioning”, “turning over” and, worst of all, “voluntary confessions”.
Harassment: A third risk is that a child might be subject to e-mail bombs, spams, viruses and other unpleasant things most subscribers on Reformasi discussion lists receive from their secret admirers.
Legal and Financial: There is also the risk that a child could do something that has negative legal or financial consequences such as expressing opinions that would result in multi-million dollar law suits, contempt of court proceedings, jail or even ISA detention
You as a parent can do something about this growing Cyber menace. Here are some brief but helpful tips for protecting your children and keeping your kids away from politically-explicit web sites and other questionable on-line content:
If you have cause for concern about your children’s on-line activities, talk to them. Gently explain to them that everything the government does is for their own good - no matter how idiotic or ridiculous it may seem - and to even question that automatically makes them looting, riotous sodomites under the pay of evil foreign powers out to recolonise us. If your child remains unconvinced, seek out the advice and counsel of teachers, librarians, your UMNO MP or local undercover Special Branch officer.
If all else fails, report them immediately to the police - you do not want disloyal children, do you?